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intelligence chair, senator diane finestein said her committee would investigate this entire issue, because she believes her committee should have been informed earlier in the process. new york republican peter king also had this to say. >> we received no advanced notice. it was like a lightning bolt. this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. >> once the fbi realized it was investigating the director of the cia or the cia director had come within its focus or its scope, i believe at that time, they had an absolute obligation to tell the president. >> that was peter king and senator feinstein speaking about the issue. one official briefed on the investigation told bloomberg news that the election day downfall of the cia director reads more like a soap opera than a spy novel. joining the panel now as well is pulitzer prize winning senior military correspondent for the "huffington post," david wood. david, thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> absolutely. i want to start today with wes moore, however, who's here on set w
we understand he does not plan to reach those hearings. we heard from senator diane finestein the head of the intelligence committee say she may request that he come in as a private citizen and ask questions. >> we may see him sit on the seat in capitol hill it may not be on thursday but in days to come peter king of new york head of the homeland security committee he said last night there is potential if he could just step away for a few days gather himself and come back they still want to talk with him in he is such a key figure. that's where i want to go next with jennifer before i let you go. all of this coming just days before the hearings questions about what petraeus knew if he could take part. now questions about who knew behind the scenes in washington that the fbi was looking at the head of the cia. >> not many people knew. oversight committee on capitol hill. this is that the over site committees and the intelligence committees that are over the cia knew little about what was going on both with the affair the alleged affair and the benghazi incident. there have been
we're joined by senate finance committee chair, diane finestein, as new details about the fbi's investigation and key players emerge. >> we received no advanced notice. it was like a lightning bolt. the way i found out, i came back to washington thursday night. friday morning, the staff director told me there were a number of calls from press about this. i called david petraeus. >> some of petraeus' former military aides tell nbc news, they were uncomfortable with biographer paula broadwell's access to the general. >> i thought this was a little bit strange, that he would take someone who's never written a book and allow them such unfettered access and allow them to write what is really the first biography. >>> cliff talks. president obama reaches out to business and labor to rally support for his plan to raise taxes on the rich. are republicans and democrats any closer to making a deal? >> we've had votes in the senate where we've actually gotten rid of tax credits. i think that's a given. and i think that the vast majority of americans agree with that. the question is, how d
. to discuss that and the deadly terror attack in libya is the chairman of the senate committee diane finestein senator. welcome to fox news sunday. in a statement you said you understand petraeus's decision to resign but you wish president obama had not accepted that. after more revelations this weekend do you still feel that way? >> i talked to day petraeus twice on friday. he said to me, i have done an egregiously dishonorable thing and i need now to do the honorable thing. when i thought about it, for me it's a heartbreak. this is a truly bright man, a credible person, a great leader and could have really been a super transitional figure for the cia. this is very, very hard and i do think he did the right thing. >> now you have accepted it. >> when you realize additional complications which i did not at the time i spoke to him, i think he did the right thing. i think the president really had no choice but to accept the resignation. >> let me ask you about those additional complications. it turns out the fbi found out about this because paula brock well the mistress was sending threatening e
cantwell, diane finestein, we have delivered to you a great caucus, mr. leader. >> not only did every democratic incumbent in the senate win their race last night, every single one, but democrats actually picked up two seats. elizabeth warren defeated republican incumbent scott brown in massachusetts. joe donnelly defeated tea party favorite, richard mourdock, in indiana. it should have been impossible. joining us now is steve kornacki, co-host of "the cycle," 3:00 weekdays here on msnbc. happy aftermath, steve. >> i was just checking unskewedelectionreturns.com and they said republicans have 67 senate seats now, so i'm not sure what you're talking about here. >> also, mitt romney won with a anonymous vote. >> yes, in d.c., that's right. >> that's right. what happened yesterday in the senate specifically? obviously, the expectations were leaning much more toward the democrats by the time we actually voted, but the distance between patty murray having to be essentially arm twisted into taking that job and what happened last night, what happened? >> you could have put a headline from so
of the affair. diane finestein joins me now. congressman, why did you and your colleague on the house side not know about this for all of these months? >> because a decision was made somewhere not to brief us, which is atypical. generally, what we call the four corners, the chair and rankings of both committees are briefed on operationally sensitive matters. this is certainly an operationally sensitive matter. but we weren't briefed. i don't know who made that decision. and i think that makes it much more difficult. i think it has to be said, too, that we have never violated that requirement by releasing any information on matters on which we are briefed. so there was no backstory as to why we wouldn't be. so it is very puzzling and i think was a mistake, because this thing just came so fast and so hard. and since then, it's been like peeling an onion. every day, another peel comes off, and you see a whole new dimension to this. so my concern has actually escalated over the last few days, and we're putting in place a process, meeting with the committee, spelling out that process, and begin
they involved a senior and subordinate for which people get prosecuted. you heard from diane finestein, people on both sides of aisle in congress saying the same thing, not articulating there was nothing wrong with it, but that petraeus, a really talented guy, sorry we lost him. in the end, i think we're going to look very carefully at people before we elevate them. going to have to be much better vetting. we're one of the few countries where vetting doesn't take place of high ranking people. in the cia, if you're going to work at the lower ranks you get polygraphed and a big form. >> it happens at senate confirmation hearings. you're supposed to be vetting, did you ever do this and that? >> it does happen but the director doesn't have to get vetted by the senate. that may take some introspection and changes to that as well. but if you do too much of that, of course, then you have the legislative branch, too much involved in the executive. people arguing it hampers everything. don't forget that we're in an age now where the distribution of information is as -- we're in a revolution. distributi
: diane finestein was on the news yesterday. and they asked her about benghazi, because i would say senator feinstein has consistently supported the president. but let's listen. >> what has concerned me about this is the politicalization that has been out. i have read every one of the five interviews susan rice did that day. she was within the context of that statement, and for this she has been pillarried for two months. >> john: indeed she was. again, i think that diane feinstein has been consistent. here is one more clip. >> for me personally this is a heart break. i respect david petraeus, and his 37 years of service to our country. i respect this great intellect that he has. where he can speak literally on dozens of subjects. various military tactics and he is one of our brightest and our best. there is no counter to that. >> john: and there is the requisite sucking up to general petraeus. i think it's possible to respect general petraeus's service and devotion and intelligence while still acknowledging the fact that afghanistan was a bloody mess, and his
with diane finestein. she calls this a tragic story for a human being. she says people may start saying he's a scapegoat for benghazi and the controversy in benghazi. she says that is absolutely false. she said i know what the personal story is here. it is not a coverstory. what she did say to me, wolf, is that she didn't understand why the immediate departure. you know, there are congressional hearings that are coming up next week. mr. morell will be testifying on behalf of the central intelligence agency. she says there are going to be at least three hearings and they will continue to ask who did what when and what was missing. but she said this is a deeply personal story for him. he made an egregious personal mistake. and at this point she has not given any thought to who she believes should replace him because she herself just learned about this at about the same time we did, maybe a little bit before i would venture. >> jessica, how did the president find out about this? >> reporter: hi, wolf. well, the president met with general petraeus yesterday and was told not only that he wanted
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the senate intelligence committee chair diane finestein says she hopes that petraeus will appear before her committee. stand by for some of that interview. that's coming up this hour. right now, i want to go to our senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. senator feinstein was in closed-door meetings this afternoon up on capitol hill. first of all, what are you hearing? what happened? >> reporter: she came out of those meetings saying she's not the only one who really believes it is still essential for now the former director of the cia, david petraeus, to come and talk to the senate intelligence committee about what he knows, about what went on in benghazi. she said that it was -- the committee was in full agreement. democrats and republicans, that they really want to hear from them. now, earlier in the day, she had said that she hopes that that would happen on friday. that he would come and talk to people in closed session this week, the end of the week, but after the meeting, she said that she's just not sure, because they actually have to get t
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